Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: granny n | 2010-11-17

Q.

Prem Grandson has pneumonia

Dear Doc

Please help!!!

My grandson was born at 27 weeks of pregnancy.
He was in neonatal care for two months and Mommy breastfed him and all went well. He developed at a rate that stunned the doctors and went home earlier than expected.

It was a pleasure to have him at home and be able to hold and hug my grandson for the first time.

He is now 3 months old, weighing 2,4 kg.
However, I received a very sad phone call this morning, my darling grandchild was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. I was told that it is a sad reality that prem babies do often get pneumonia due to their lungs being underdeveloped at birth.

Please inform me on what we can expect for the next few months.
How will this effect his health in the future?
What can we expect?
Is there not a book that we can purchase on prem babies?
If not - a website?

This is my first grandchild and I want to know that we are informed.

Thank you for your assistance in this regard.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have said it very well, premature babies especially very premature babies are more susceptible to chest infections at first. You must remember that he has still not reached the normal stage at which he would have been born and his weight is still well below the average birthweight of 3.3kg for baby boys.He is particularly susceptible to viral chest infections especially one called the RS virus.He will respond well to treatment and hopefully will be back at home soon. People with colds should not be allowed to come near him as he will easily catch a cold.You can read more about premature babies on Google.

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Posted by: momT | 2010-11-17

Dear Granny

It seems you have a real little fighter on hand. To be born at 27 weeks and doing so well.
Keep the faith - many babies develop lung problems due to being born prematurely. Remember that the lungs are the last organ to fully develop before being born.

Lets blame the weather, as it is obvious that Mommy is trying her utmost best to take care of your little bundle of joy.
check with his peadiatrician if their is any multivitamin he can take, as this would surely boost his immunity.

Thinking of you.

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